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11:30 AM ET, October 2, 2013

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Holding Firm  —  The same question keeps popping up: why doesn't Speaker John Boehner just pass a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government?  It's a ubiquitous query at the Capitol, and it was asked many times this afternoon as House Republicans left their closed-door conference meeting.
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Politico:
Collision course: CR and debt ceiling  —  A harsh reality began setting into Capitol Hill on Tuesday: The U.S. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling.  —  Hours after federal agencies shuttered their doors for the first time in nearly two decades …
Associated Press:
With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides …
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
Telegraph:
US government shutdown: Barack Obama looks like a bitter, petty and partisan president  —  The American Left's hatred for all things conservative has been on full display in Washington in recent days, with the White House and its allies in Congress heaving with anger and indignation …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why Boehner doesn't just ditch the hard right  —  Robert Costa is the National Review's Washington editor and one of the best-sourced reporters among House Republicans.  Like many others, I've relied on his reporting in recent days about how House Republicans are strategizing around the government shutdown.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Prolonged shutdown will give us leverage on debt limit  —  Senate Democrats believe the longer the government remains shut down, the more leverage they will wield in the debt-limit debate later this month.  —  There is growing sentiment among Democrats that the short-term funding resolution …
New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — They have had their fleeting moments on cable television.  Their closed-door run-ins with Speaker John A. Boehner spill occasionally into the pages of Capitol Hill newspapers.  But outside their districts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joan Walsh / Salon:
The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting  —  A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets them  —  On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as crisis unfolds  —  House Republicans have more than taken a page out of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) shutdown playbook.  They're following it to a “T.”  —  GOP leaders on Tuesday introduced a series of bills to fund specific parts of the government …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
House Republicans are failing Americans in their effort to kill Obamacare  —  AMERICANS' RESPECT for their Congress has, sad to say, diminished in recent years.  But citizens still expect a minimal level of competence and responsibility: Pay the bills and try not to embarrass us in front of the world.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Susan Page / USA Today:
News analysis: Can this government be saved?
Discussion: First Read, Washington Post and CNN
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner-Reid Relationship Unravels Over Health Care Benefits Fight
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Goons’ blocked WWII Memorial  —  Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying “some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades.”  —  “If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Mississippi Press
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz apologizes for ‘Bataan Death March’ comment
Discussion: Politico, Connecting.the.Dots and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   McCain: ‘Apocalypse is upon us’ (Video)
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes down GOP's piecemeal spending bills  —  The House on Tuesday night rejected three appropriations resolutions that would have funded the District of Columbia, veterans programs and national parks, after House Republicans set them up in a way that required Democratic support for passage.
Discussion: Shakesville, Politico and voteview blog
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:   House G.O.P. Pushes Piecemeal Approach as Democrats Stand Firm
Tal Kopan / Politico:   President Obama shortens Asia trip
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business leaders dread debt-limit battle  —  The Treasury Department estimates the government will exhaust its borrowing capacity by Oct. 17, which is just three weeks away.  —  Lobbyists have been pushing Congress to raise the debt ceiling without drama or delay, but say the chances …
Discussion: Politico
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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job
Discussion: The Reaction, The Raw Story and Reuters
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction  —  The fallout of a US government default, particularly one that lasts, is beyond prediction  —  Is the US a functioning democracy?  This week legislators decided to shut down a swath of the federal government rather than allow an enacted health law go into operation at the agreed moment.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Rick Perry: Implementing Obamacare “a Criminal Act”  —  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — In a campaign appearance Tuesday on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the government's implementation of the national health care reform law constituted “a criminal act.”
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Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rick Perry calls Obamacare ‘a criminal act’ as he stumps for Lonegan in Bergen County
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Think GOP's Top Priority Is Troublemaking  —  The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds few people see job creation as either party's priority.  —  The confrontations looming this month over funding the federal government and raising the public debt …
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor  —  In an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s, but actually reflects a continuing global problem, nuclear engineers in southeastern Sweden have been wrestling with a giant swarm of jellyfish that forced the shutdown of the world's largest boiling-water reactor.
Dan Froomkin / Al Jazeera America:
Shutdown coverage fails Americans … U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms.  It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) or …
 
 
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